More than 10 countries have now condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of nine years ago. As noted in the Monitor article Why the planned Koran burning causes outrage and alarm, "Muslims see it as the uninterrupted, unchangeable, and eternal word of God. Burning the Koran is akin to directly burning the word of God." Here is what leaders are saying worldwide.
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Which country has the most generous people in the world? A poll of 153 countries ranked global philanthropy in three categories: individual donations, volunteer time, and the number of people willing to help a stranger. Gallup’s 2010 World Giving Index Report was released Wednesday.
QS released its annual World University Rankings list of the top 200 universities Wednesday. The UK's University of Cambridge overtook former No. 1 Harvard University, the first time the leading US university was not in the No. 1 spot. Click right arrow to see school's ranked in ascending order.
Will Republicans take control of the House and Senate? All 435 House seats are up for election every two years. A majority in the House is 218 seats. Republicans need a net gain of 39 seats in the Nov. 2 midterm election to get there. Polls now show the Democrats are in trouble. Why?
Since reaching a low last December, US private-sector employment has grown by 763,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday. But some states are better at creating new jobs than others. For example: While California has created lots of jobs, its performance relative to its size is only middling. Here are the Top 5 job-creating states when their size is taken into account (click on the right arrow to see the next state):
Hurricane Earl is threatening Cape Cod's expensive real estate. But it takes a lot more to be one of America's Top 10 costliest hurricanes. Which hurricanes made the list? Click the right arrow to see.
These are the five most central issues that Israel and the Palestinian Authority need to address in the latest round of peace talks, which began Sept. 2.
Burger King stock soared 15 percent Wednesday on reports that it was in talks to go private with Brazilian investors. The British private equity firm supposedly arranging the deal originally denied the report. Then new reports emerged. What might change at Burger King, the world's No. 2 fast-food chain, under new owners? Here are our Top 5 changes (click on the right arrow to see each item):
Auto sales in the US fell sharply in August, compared with numbers that were juiced a year ago by the federal "cash for clunkers" incentive program. But when you compare sales so far this year with the first eight months of 2009, industry sales have at least moved in a positive direction. Here are the top-gaining models for each of the seven biggest car sellers.
At its Sept. 1 event, Apple trotted out a new iPod Nano, a rekindled Apple TV, and even a brand new social network in iTunes 10. This annual fall bash held surprises for almost every device that Apple sells – with one notable exception. “It’s the biggest change in the iPod lineup ever,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the event. Click through to learn how.
Hurricane Earl is possibly coming to the East Coast Labor Day weekend. Preparing for the storm is crucial, emergency experts say. Here are five things the National Weather Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency say are important to hurricane Earl preparedness.
Troy Polamalu now has hair worth $1 million. The insurance policy is sure to draw attention to the Pittsburgh Steeler star and his sponsor Head & Shoulders. It also pushes Mr. Polamalu into the ranks of our Top 5 insurance plans for celebrity heads. (Click on the right arrow to see the next item):
Newly elected New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu recently marked his first one hundred days in office by announcing one hundred Katrina recovery projects, including health clinics, criminal justice facilities, road reconstructions, public recreation, and more. Still, Landrieu says the city’s recovery will take another five years. Here are five critical areas of public policy which may determine whether New Orleans has a successful recovery by 2015.
The Katrina floodwaters that drowned New Orleans caused many to wonder if the city could ever recover. Five years later, recovery is evident in spades. January's Super Bowl win helped set the tone for what recently elected mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling “the new New Orleans.” Here’s a look at four signs of progress that could be models for cities nationwide:
The political turmoil of 2010 has led to a number of close Senate races, with control of the upper chamber possibly in the balance. Here are five of the closest, most interesting, hardest-fought Senate races of this election cycle.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin thrives on feats of daring-do. In the past decade, he has taken controls of a nuclear submarine, flown an Su-25 fighter plane, co-piloted a Tu-160 supersonic bomber, and tracked endangered whales in the Sea of Japan. But he's also shown off a gentler side, like with his crooning of the song 'Blueberry Hill' at a charity dinner. Here are some of his recent adventures.
Online coupons are shaking up the advertising industry, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. The local ad research and consulting firm in Williamsburg, Va., forecasts the online coupons business will grow almost 14 percent in 2011, reaching $9.1 billion. That's still small compared with an overall ad market forecast at $238.6 billion. But its fast growth portends big changes in the way you get your coupons and, ultimately, how you shop. Here are four strategies to take advantage now of the expected flurry of online coupons:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska could become the seventh congressional incumbent to lose a primary in 2010 if her too-close-to-call race with 'tea party' favorite Joe Miller stays in Mr. Miller's favor. The last time this many incumbents lost primaries was in 2002, when eight representatives and one senator lost before the general election. Here are the ousted incumbents, in the order they lost their primaries.
Looking to get somewhere in 15 minutes? It's not likely in one of these five US cities. The Texas Transporation Institute's (TTI) 2009 Urban Mobility Report, a national report using data from 2007, documents the annual number of hours motorists spent stuck in traffic. ABC News reported that the total amount of time Americans wasted in traffic in 2007 from the TTI study was 4.2 billion hours. That works out to nearly one full work week, or vacation week if you want to look at it that way, for every traveler. Some cities saw some traffic improvements. But if you're planning to move to one of the top 5 worst US cities for traffic, you might want to stock up on your books on tape, travel snacks, and invest in satellite radio – chances are you'll be spending some "quality" time in your car.
With 33 Chilean miners trapped nearly a half-mile underground since Aug. 5, the country might take hope from past successful rescue missions. Here are three examples from China, America, and the Philippines.
Home sales plunged in July and housing prices may dip again. But in six metropolitan areas, the housing picture is far brighter: Home values are rising and median prices are already well ahead of their peak during the housing bubble. What allowed these metro areas to beat the downturn in home sales prices? Two are state capitols. Five have lower-than-average unemployment. All of them had undervalued real estate, even at the height of the housing boom, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR). When mortgage rates fell, "they had room to grow" and home sales rose. Is your city on the list? Click on the right arrow to see each metro area:
For years, people have been guessing at why, as a species, we love to do things like watch hideously depressing movies or read paralyzingly sad books. And while I’m sure any analyst could have a field day teasing apart just what causes a sad-book propensity, what I’m going to do is to put forth a generally applicable theory and then leave you with a selection of titles that will make you hurt so good. Books with heart-breaking plot points, utterly unlikable characters, dysfunction piled atop dysfunction simply must redeem themselves through the clarity of their prose and the ingenuity of their structure. In other words, when the content is unlovely the form must be brilliant. Great writing shines through unadulterated.
Insurance rates for cars aren't necessarily the cheapest in these five states. But their residents earn enough that they pay the lowest percentage of their median income to insure a car, according to new numbers from InsWeb, an online website that compares insurance rates. Is your state on the list? [Editor's note: The cost figures were changed to reflect annual rates.]
As the days get shorter the political season is heating up. Primaries Tuesday will affect some of the most interesting races of the year, from Florida’s high-profile Senate contest to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s bid to survive a challenge from the right. Here's what to look for: